Leadership

Patricia Lang
IN LSAMP Co-PI & Campus Director, and Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Lang has extensive experience in programs that aid in retention of STEM students, in particularly underrepresented minority students. She was past director of the NSF LSAMP Indiana program at Ball State from 2004-2008. She utilizes her experience and current status as Co-PI to assist in recruiting a diverse group of qualified students, as well as to evaluate of the successful elements of the program. As past Chemistry Department Chair, Lang has worked and continues to work closely with the math and science chairs and the administration to support STEM initiatives, write proposals, advocate for resources and student learning initiatives. Over her career, she has mentored nearly 70 research students, half of whom are women and/or minority students.
Anita Gnezda
IN LSAMP Campus Coordinator, and Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Gnezda has over a decade of experience teaching introductory courses in chemistry, science and allied science. Through her interactions with students in these courses, and her appointment as lab coordinator, she is positioned within the university to meet and recruit students who are entering STEM fields, and may iterested in participating in the IN LSAMP program. In the past, as the Ball State LSAMP Indiana coordinator, and through her interaction with the Multicultural Center at Ball State, she has increased awareness of the LSAMP program on campus and facilitated students participation in the program. She has been involved with freshmen orientation programs like EXCEL, for incoming freshmen, and Explore BSU day, aimed at recruiting students from underrepresented groups among visiting high school students. She is whole heartedly committed to the goals of the program and hopes to achieve the goals of this grant by helping students thrive in college using the additional resources that the grant will provide.